The Little Epicurean

Feb 15 2017

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black pepper cheddar beer bread: these soft and fluffy bread rolls are perfect for making little sandwiches. 

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Do you remember the Super Bowl a couple weeks ago? Yeah, I don’t either. I just recall Alex screaming in defeat at the last few seconds of the game and something about the Patriots winning. I also remember being in awe of Lady Gaga during the halftime show.

I just don’t get football. No matter how many times people explain the intricacies of the game, I’m just lost. Most of the time, I have no idea where the heck the football is. I just see a bunch of big guys running and crashing into each other. Each time someone is tackled I cringe and hope they’re not injured. That being said, I LOVE baseball. (See baseball cap cake I made Alex!) That’s the kind of sport I enjoy watching. Basketball is okay, but I’m too jealous of how tall the players are (because I’m barely 5 feet tall). Hockey is fun, but it makes me nervous and anxious. Let’s not even talk about how awfully boring I find golf.

Anyway, we had a hefty amount of leftover beer and cheese from our Super Bowl feast. The following day, I took those leftovers and started experimenting in the kitchen.  And voilà, this black pepper cheddar beer was created (among a handful of other beer recipes I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks).

Feb 13 2017

Baked Cayenne Chocolate Donuts

Baked Cayenne Chocolate Donuts

Baked Cayenne Chocolate Donuts: a super moist and spicy chocolate cake baked in doughnut pans, dipped in melted dark chocolate, and topped with a dusting of cinnamon and cayenne.  Galentine’s Day, 100 days of marriage, and finally updating my laptop’s operating system! The day before Valentine’s Day is Galentine’s Day– a holiday created by Leslie Knope

Feb 10 2017

Cheddar Scallion Rolls

Cheddar Scallion Rolls

Cheddar scallion rolls: enriched bread dough filled with sesame oil, butter, scallions, and cheddar cheese. They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. If that saying is true, carbs must be my worst enemy. I keep carbs (especially breads) very close, within arm’s reach close during most of my waking hours. I

Feb 08 2017

Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti cupcakes: these vanilla cupcakes are studded with sprinkles and topped with traditional American buttercream. I’m a sucker for those online quizzes you find on Buzzfeed while scrolling through your Facebook feed. For the most past, they’re trivial and a means for procrastination while sitting at your desk. However, one recent quiz totally struck a nerve.

Feb 02 2017

Rose Water Shortbread Cookies

Rose Water Shortbread Cookies

Rose water shortbread cookies: chocolate dipped shortbread cookies spiked with a hint of rose water. They’re afternoon tea’s perfect accompaniment. I’m on a big rose kick right now. Perhaps, it’s because of Valentine’s Day looming, or maybe it’s my addiction to The Bachelor. Last week I shared this romantic rose yogurt creme brûlée. Today, the rose trend

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